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Lars Halle

Lars Halle was born in Trondheim, Norway in 1973 but spent his childhood in the town of Sandviken, Sweden where he began his musical education under the guidance of percussion instructor Rolf Andersson and pianist Gosta Rundquist. In 1989, Lars moved to the U.S. where he eventually settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from the University of the Arts in in 1996. Lars began composing and arranging freelance while in college, and in 2000 he formed the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, quickly becoming a highly regarded big band in the Tristate area...
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”This powerhouse group had the walls at Chris' [Jazz Cafe] shaking with their driving up tempo jazz including bop standards and some written by the leader. It was an exciting night that once again demonstrated the fantastic array of local talent in Philadelphia with so many of the musicians being well established local stars in their own right.” —Donald True Van Deusen, All About Jazz (Oct. 2002)

“The playing by the band is really good, and I really like the soloists. Also I like [Lars's] writing with [his] use of counterpoint. So keep doing it—it's great!” —Kenny Wheeler (Dec. 2001)

“I enjoyed your CD, Speaking of Apropos. It's a collection of first-rate charts performed by a first-rate group of musicians. Congratulations on a project well-done!” —Jeff Jarvis (Jun. 2004)

“Very nice writing—diverse and creative. The band sounds very well too.” —John Fedchock (Aug. 2004)

“That's a great band you have! Wonderful charts tinged with a sense of history. Congratulations!” —Phil Wilson (Aug. 2004)

“The intensity and enthusiasm of Halle and his companions are readily apparent...[the LHJO] is more than respectable, as are the leader's engaging songs and tasteful charts.” —Jack Bowers, allaboutjazz.com (May 2005)

“You're holding a great tradition for Philly in your hands. Only great things can come from this.” —Tim Warfield (Mar. 2006)

“The swingingest band in Philadelphia!”—Kimmel Center of Performing Arts (Sept. 2007)

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